16.422 Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems

Spring 2004

A harrier aircraft above a carrier flight deck.
A Harrier jump-jet hovers above an aircraft carrier deck. Its pilot relies on automated stability systems in order to control the aircraft. (Image is taken from U.S. Navy's Web site.)

Course Highlights

This site features each instructor's lecture notes.  The projects section includes students' case studies and final presentations.

Course Description

Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems discusses elements of the interactions between humans and machines.  These elements include: assignment of roles and authority; tradeoffs between human control and human monitoring; and human intervention in automatic processes.  Further topics comprise: performance, optimization and social implications of the system; enhanced human interfaces; decision aiding; and automated alterting systems.  Topics refer to applications in aerospace, industrial and transportation systems.
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Prof. Missy Cummings
Prof. John Hansman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session